Fairview, Rollins Intersection, Sidewalk Improvements Begin

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COLUMBIA - Intersection and sidewalk improvements at Fairview Road and Rollins Road began Monday, including the addition of a "mini" roundabout and sidewalk improvements at the intersection.

Columbia Public Works announced the goal of the project is to improve traffic flow, reduce crashes and improve pedestrian safety and walkable routes to school. Fairview Elementary School is near the project site.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $500,000.

Columbia Public Works Public Information Specialist Steven Sapp said Monday the funding is from the capital improvement sales tax approved by voters in 2005.

"JC Industries is the contractor awarded the funds," said Sapp. "We're paying roughly around $183,000 for the new roundabout and from the Get About funding, we have another $184,000 which is going to the sidewalk project."

The intersection will remain open during the project, but drivers should expect lane restrictions and delays.

Rollins Road will be closed during two phases of the project. From July 8 through 19, Rollins Road east of Fairview Road will be closed. From July 22 through August 2, Rollins Road west of Fairview Road will be closed.

The project is aiming for completion on August 13, but Columbia Public Works said weather may cause delays.